Monday, August 23, 2010
Kale Quinoa Salad
The other night at my book group, our hostess Lisa fed us the most delightful salad made of raw kale. She picked it up from the Wednesday Ann Arbor Farmer's Market where it is sold by Living Zen Organics, a cafe operated by Buddists in my home town of Hamtramck. It was wonderful! I was intrigued that raw kale could taste so good. The other day, I was talking to a local farmer who shares a stall next to the Buddhists at the Wednesday market, and she said that they were devoted into a raw food diet. I can't say that I have ever considered embarking on a raw food diet. In fact, the one woman I have ever met that is a raw food devotee struck me as someone using it as a disguise for her eating disorder. However, this salad is delicious!
I jotted down the ingredients off the container and developed my own version of this great salad. It enabled me to try out cooking with some new foods - quinoa and shoyu. Quinoa is a grain that tastes literally like nothing. It's the tofu of the grain world - I'd suggest using it where you'd like to add some fiber to a dish without affecting the flavor. I am not sure how to describe shoyu. Shoyu actually means "soy sauce" in Japan, but evidently there are several different kinds of shoyu that can be found there. I bought one I found at Hillers. I think you could get by with using regular old soy sauce and calling it a day. Note that some kinds of kale taste more "kale-y" than others. Go for the mildest kind you can find!
Kale Quinoa Salad
1 lg. bunch leafy green kale
1/2 cup cooked quinoa
handful of raw almonds (optional - they don't add much to the salad and tend to fall to the bottom of the bowl)
3 T sesame oil
1 T olive oil
1 T shoyu or soy sauce
2 t. agave nectar (if you are not eating a raw diet, a teaspoon of sugar would be fine)
juice of one lemon
2 garlic cloves, minced
fresh ground black pepper, to taste
Cut the kale into bite size pieces, stir in quinoa and and almonds. Dress liberally with dressing - this will lbe more than needed for one batch of salad.